September 13, 2020
1:00 pm ET
About the eagles
QB Carson Wentz performed well last season even though his WR body was decimated by injuries, but he still managed to throw 27 TD passes with just 7 interceptions. Unfortunately, he was injured in the Eagles Wild Card playoff game, and he will be focused on getting them back in the postseason one more time. WR Desean Jackson is back after only appearing in 3 games last season and should give Wentz a deep threat option that can rack up yards post-catch with his elusiveness. Then there’s the ever-reliable TE Zach Ertz, who doesn’t always get the credit or recognition he deserves as he has played through injuries and has been Wentz’s most trusted target in recent seasons. It’s tough, especially when the Eagles need to convert third down and is often Wentz’s first reading. The defense got a big boost with the additions of DL Javon Hargrove and should be a force with perennial Pro Bowler DT Fletcher Cox by his side. Both players are disruptive forces on the inside of the defensive front and will play a very important role in stopping the race. The Eagles also acquired closing DB Darius Slay, as they have injury issues in their secondary. Slay is physical and competitive with incredible instincts and ball skills.
Quarterback Dwayne Haskins will be Washington’s starting quarterback after showing promise and improving his game late last season. Offensive coordinator Scott Turner assumes the role under the new training regimen and it will be interesting to see how he ties in with Haskins. The departure of RB’s Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice leaves the door wide open for RB’s Bryce Love and University of Memphis rookie Antonio Gibson. Love, who has yet to snap an NFL due to injuries, will finally be able to show and prove what he can do. Gibson played multiple positions in college and Turner can use him in special packages and as a decoy. Washington is making the switch to a 4-3 defense, and they will have a young and talented unit with the # 2 pick overall, Ohio State’s Chase Young. Young has a great engine with good technique and natural physical gifts.
Players to watch
Miles Sanders (Eagles): Look for the Eagles to dramatically increase Sanders’ workload as he becomes a full back.
Terry McLaurin (Washington): After an impressive and productive rookie season, McLaurin deserves to be the # 1 WR on the depth chart. He already has a strong relationship with Haskins from his college days at Ohio State.
Jalen Reagor (Eagles): Reagor uses his speed to create separation from defenders and is able to stretch plays for big wins. Many questioned the Eagles selecting Reagor when they did, especially considering that Justin Jefferson, Brandon Aiyuk, Tee Higgins and Michael Pittman Jr. were still available, but he seems to fit the Eagles’ scheme with his speed and agility.
Chase Young (Washington): Young is a generational talent and has the potential to rewrite the NFL record books with his name etched all over it. This kid is that talented.
The most experienced QB achieves victory in this one. Carson Wentz distributes the ball to his playmakers as a young Dwayne Haskins continues to suffer from growing pains.
Final score: Eagles 31 / Washington 13